BAKED SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN and FRIED RICE


 It's another Two for Tuesday! Two yummy recipes to make your meal complete!! Sometimes I get hungry for Chinese food but want to try make it a little bit healthier and without all the MSG! I rarely cook with cornstarch as it is basically like white flour, only totally processed down corn. However, it does make this chicken  so light and crispy! So I did my research, at 30 calories a tablespoon and only a 1/2 cup in this recipe, it only adds about 25 calories to a serving.
Yum

This recipe tastes better than a lot of Chinese sweet-and-sour chicken. I won't lie, it is somewhat tedious to make as I am not a dredger or a fryer in the skillet because that takes so much time but it is so so worth it! The Family gobbles this down, and there are lots of
 "Oh that was so good!"


BAKED SWEET AND SOUR CHICKEN
4 boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite sized pieces 
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup corn starch
2 eggs, slightly beaten 
1/3 cup canola or olive oil

2/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
6 Tablespoons ketchup
2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 teaspoon garlic salt

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Salt and pepper chicken pieces. Heat oil over med heat in large skillet. Place cornstarch and eggs, in two bowls and have ready by skillet. Dredge chicken very lightly in cornstarch, then in egg and fry pieces in skillet til crisp but not cooked through. Place pieces in 9x13 glass dish. Whisk together sugar, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce and garlic salt. Pour over chicken. Bake for an hour, turning chicken every 20 minutes. Prepare rice with the last 15 minutes if bake time.
In dish after Fried//Topped with sauce//After baking




Now for the Fried Rice

 
FRIED RICE
4 cups brown rice, cook the day before and store in fridge
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup and carrots, partially thawed
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 Tablespoons Sesame Oil

Heat oil in med-high heat and saute onions, veggies and garlic til tender, slide to side of skillet and add eggs, scramble. Add your rice and soy sauce and cook til heated through.



YUM YUM!!

xoxo
"At home I serve the kind of food I know the story behind.'
~Michael Pollan 

45 comments:

  1. I like that this is baked not fried!! We can enjoy chinese food without the guilt! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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    1. ;-) Have a spectacular day!!

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  2. So yummy- and I'm with B; love that this is baked and not fried! Much healthier!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. Thanks girl!! Have a super day!!

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  3. ooh whee does this look good, and it's 8 in the morning!

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  4. Ahhhh...I love Sweet-n-Sour Chicken!!! I have a recipe really similar to the chicken but the rice is different...I can't wait to try this one!!!

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    1. Yay! I hope you enjoy it sweetness and I hope you have a great day!!!

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  5. WOW, this looks amazing, and you made fried rice too!? I love it!! delish!

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    1. Thanks my love!! You will love it!! Lots of leftovers too! ;-) Happy Tuesday!!

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  6. i LOVE sweet and sour chicken!! might have to try this!

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    1. You'll love it girl!! And makes for some great leftovers!! ;-)

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  7. I make a similar General's TSO chicken, but it's not baked. I just make it on the stove. And that fried rice recipe is the same one I use and it is delish!! Love me some Chinese food! Have an awesome Tuesday, Girl!

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    1. Now we need Chinese for lunch today!! Just call me a good pusher!! lol!! Have a good one gorgeous!!

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  8. YUM! And my favorite part is that they're baked and not fried <3

    Green Fashionista

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    1. Yay!! Hope you're having a lovely day and a tasty Tuesday! ;-)

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  9. Yum! This looks and sounds delicious!

    xx
    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

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    1. Thanks love, I hope you're having a wonderful day! ;-)

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    2. Do have a really good recipes for Chinese Egg Drop Soup. I have tried to make some of the recipes I have found on line but they are not close to what I have to pay for. Thanking you in advance.

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  10. Yum!!! I have made my own kung pao and sesame chicken before but not sweet and sour. Also, your friend rice recipe is different than what I do so I will have to try your way next time!!!

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    1. Awesome! I think you'll really love it, very flavorful and easy! I hope you're having a terrific Tuesday and that it's going fast!

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  11. This looks so yummy, Andrea! And I love that it's baked. My husband was just saying the other day that I haven't made Chinese food for awhile. I will have to give this one a try!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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    1. Sounds like a plan my friend! While I love getting Chinese out occasionally, it's so much better to have a homemade! Hope you have a terrific Tuesday!

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  12. Fried rice at the hibachi is my fave! I could stop there and be satisfied. I need to make it at home. Great post!

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    1. Thanks love!! It's so easy and full of flavor!! ;-) Hope you're having a good day!!

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  13. I feel like you have a direct line into my husband's brain. He LOVES sweet and sour chicken but because all the restaurants usually use a ton of fructose he can't have it anymore! This totally solves our problem, this looks so yummy and can totally be made to consider his food intolerances. Are you superwoman or what? You are so amazing, such a great cook, a wonderful person and a beautiful woman! Love you and hope your week is going great so far my amazing friend! XO -Kim

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    1. Hug hug hug, you made my day!! Thank you and I hope your man enjoys it!! Super flavorful!! Hope your Tuesday is going terrifically sweet friend!!

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  14. I'm a huge sucker for sweet and sour chicken. Yours looks amazing! Too funny we both posted fried rice recipes today. I totally forgot to add eggs in mine..fail! haha But it still tasted quite delish!

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    1. I bet it was!! Your recipes always sound wonderful!! ;-) Hope you're enjoying a lovely day!!

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  15. This looks yummy and I love that it's baked! I'm going to have to make this soon!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. Enjoy Jill!! I hope you're having a super day!!!

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  16. OK, now I am STARVING!! I'm going to try this. Looks yummy and easy enough for me (who is not that talented in the kitchen!) -xx

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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    1. You're so cute!! Thank you sweetie pie!!! ;-) Hope you're having a great day!!!

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  17. Love sweet and sour chicken and I've been looking for a baked version for what seemed like ages! So glad I found you on Tuesday Talk. I can't wait to try your recipe. It's easy and looks absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing, Andrea!

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  18. I know the boys will love this! I've been somewhat stuck in a food rut, so this is going on my menu next week!

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  19. Oh that looks so good! I love a good sweet and sour chicken dish! x

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  20. yum!!! Found this deliciousness on #SITSBlogging linky party!!

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  21. Wow, this looks so good. Love that it is baked and not fried.
    Bev

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  22. Thank you for linking your recipe up to last week's Tasty Tuesday! I have pinned your recipe to the Creative K Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board. I hope you'll join us again this week.

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  23. I love me some yummy fried rice and yours looks so easy to make! I have never thought to make from scratch...I just always swing by the Chinese restaurant and gather me up a big container of it. I will surely have to try this! Thanks for sharing your yumminess with #foodpornthursdays.

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  24. Your sweet and sour chicken recipe looks delicious. I love that it's baked. Pinned and Tweeted. Thanks for partying with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday.

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  25. My mouth is watering just looking at your BAKED Sweet and Sour Chicken and Fried Rice, I'm sure my family will love this dinner. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  26. My favorite! This looks so good! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love partying with you! Lou Lou Girls

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  28. What beautiful photos to show off this awesome dish. Congrats on your feature at this week's Weekend Potluck. Please keep 'em comin! http://thebetterbaker.blogspot.com/2016/07/skillet-cowboy-rice-casserole-weekend.html

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